Top 20 Green Powered Schools In The US

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For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership announced the 20 primary and secondary schools nationwide using the most power from renewable energy sources. The top Green Power Partner schools are buying nearly 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions that would be produced from the electricity use of 11,000 American homes for one year.

“Our green powered schools are giving kids a brighter future in more ways than one. They’re leading the way in protecting our health and environment, and moving the country into the clean energy economy of the 21st century,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This is a great lesson on how we reduce harmful pollution in our skies and get America running on clean energy.”

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities — to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. These green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from electricity use of nearly 1.7 million American homes annually.

School Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) GP % of Total Electricity Use* Green Power Resources Providers (listed in descending order by kWh supplied to Partner) State
1. Austin (TX) Independent School District 65,640,000 39% Biogas, Wind Austin Energy TX
2. Round Rock (TX) Independent School District 16,996,468 25% Biogas, Wind Austin Energy TX
3. Rochester City School District 9,900,000 18% Wind Rochester Gas & Elec (Community Energy) NY
4. Bullis School 3,400,000 100% Wind Clean Currents MD
5. The Dalton School 2,530,000 100% Wind Good Energy NY
6. Greenwich Academy 2,336,589 87% Biomass, Solar Carbon Solutions Group, On-site Generation CT
7. Norwood School 1,608,300 100% Wind Clean Currents MD
8. Hotchkiss School 1,550,000 22% Wind Community Energy CT
9. Spirit Lake Community Schools 1,500,855 51% Wind On-site Generation IA
10. Kent Place School 1,100,000 69% Wind Community Energy NJ
11. The Nightingale-Bamford School 1,079,196 100% Various Good Energy NY
12. Pflugerville Independent School District 996,000 8% Biogas, Wind Austin Energy TX
13. The Hewitt School 750,000 100% Various Good Energy NY
14. Green Acres School 731,040 100% Wind Clean Currents MD
15. Sheridan School 687,000 100% Wind Clean Currents DC
16. Kentfield School District 579,000 95% Solar On-site Generation CA
17. Pine Crest Preparatory School / Boca Raton Campus Building 462,903 77% Biomass, Solar Carbon Solutions Group, On-site Generation FL
18. Sayreville Center for Lifelong Learning 387,528 100% Various Good Energy NJ
19. Ensworth School 338,400 6% Various Tennessee Valley Authority TN
20. Evergreen School 266,000 100% Wind Clean Currents MD

*Reflects the amount of green power as a percentage of total purchased electricity use. Partners choosing to purchase green power in an amount exceeding 100 percent of their U.S. organization-wide electricity use are listed as such.

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